Pet food assistance is also available for disaster victims and those facing financial hardship due to COVID-19
The Humane Educational Society (HES) is providing free emergency accommodation for family owned dogs and cats in our designated animal services area displaced by the tornado that devastated parts of Hamilton County on Sunday evening.
Due to an aging facility and an expected increase in the number of incoming animals, we have limited the space available in boarding. We ask that you only keep your pet with us if it is a real emergency. HES will keep pets for up to 30 days, but we ask that every effort be made to research other means of assistance for your pet before this time.
HES opened a pet pantry to help people facing financial hardship due to COVID-19 last week. Victims of the tornado can also receive pet food assistance by calling 423-708-8994 to make an appointment to pick up the pet food they need. Again, there is no cost for this emergency service. The main purpose of our Emergency Pet Pantry is to keep families and their pets together during this devastating time.
HES assisted the emergency community with over 600 pounds of food during our first week of operations. With the storms, we now anticipate an even greater need. Pet food donations can be made at the Humane Educational Society Boutique and Thrift Store located at 4784 Highway 58 Chattanooga, TN 37416 on Tuesday or Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Donations can also be purchased and shipped to the Pantry through our Amazon Wish List. here.
HES Executive Director Phil Snyder says, âCOVID-19 has affected us all. Now this additional disaster has caused great hardship for many of our neighbors. HES really wants to help, but we need the support of the community. Monetary donations are desperately needed for emergency boarding pet care and our pet food assistance service. Â»Donations can be made by mail or online here.
We continue to be in communication with local authorities to assess the needs of people and animals in the community. HES animal protection officers spend more time in affected areas looking for lost or stray animals. If you have lost a pet, please visit our found pet page here to see if he / she is at our shelter.
Lost animals are often disoriented and stressed, and will look for a place to hide. Search your neighborhood, call out the animal’s name, and scrunch / shake a familiar treat container. Ask your neighbors if they have seen your pet and ask for their permission to search their property. Look under cars, porches and bushes. Some animals tend to hide during the day or at peak traffic times, so look for